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Author Essay

Every so often a manuscript hits the office and causes incredible buzz right from the start.  I remember that we didn’t circulate many copies of the mansucript, but as each person read it and passed it on to the next person who was clamoring for it, the commitment to SLEEPERS grew.

I will always remember taking my turn with the bound mansucript: I was on a Metro-North train on my way home to Connecticut.  I was reading the most harrowing parts of the story, where the young boys were repeatedly raped and beaten and isolated.  I was close to tears right there on the train; but what put me over the edge was a conversation I overheard at one point when I had come up for air.  Several youngish broker types were chatting about nothing, and one of them said, "You know, the guys in my office are always complaining about how tough life is, how hard it is to make ends meet.  I’m just sick of hearing it." By comparison to the experience of the boys in SLEEPERS, this smug bastard had life handed to him on a silver platter and it still wasn’t good enough. Life was so good for him that he was simply beyond hearing about someone else’s reality.  That contrast caused the tears, and I only wish I’d had the courage to say something.

I should also say, and maybe I shouldn’t, that while the movie had its good points, reading the book is a far more satisfying experience, tears and all.  I don’t think that anyone who reads Sleepers can come away unchanged.  It isn’t for the weak of stomach, but in the same sense that SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is a tough movie to  watch, imagine having to live through it.  That’s why we read, and that’s why some of us come to publishing.

Sheila Phelan, Director of Circulation

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